The film Paradise Recollected is compiled out of
Producer IICADOMAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
archive material from The International Institute for the Conservation,
Archiving and Distribution of Other people’s Memories.
This archive consists mainly of found 8mm films, sourced from flea
markets and garage sales. These are amateur films, travelogues and
family documents whose main purpose is to remember certain occasions.
‘Paradise Recollected’ takes a Medieval description of ‘the land of
Cockaigne’ as a starting point. This anonymous, Middle Dutch text
describes a dreamland which is the basis for later descriptions of ‘the
land of plenty'.
In the film, the internal logic of this fictive country is linked to the
typical elements which give the family home movie it’s own language.